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Twelve rising interventional cardiologists selected for Emerging Leader Mentorship Program

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

New Orleans - The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is pleased to announce the selection of 12 early-career interventional cardiologists to participate in the 2017-19 Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program. These promising young physicians will take part in an intense, hands-on, two-year mentorship program to improve and refine their skills as leaders in medicine, ambassadors for their specialty and advocates for their patients.

"The ELM program was created seven years ago in response to the increasingly diverse challenges faced by today's physicians," said Thomas M. Tu, MD, FSCAI, ELM program chair and interventional cardiologist at the Louisville Cardiology Medical Group in Kentucky. "These struggles are just as relevant now as they were when the program first started: uncertainty in healthcare reform, focus on cost containment, rapidly-changing technology, the effect of social media, a challenging regulatory environment, and increasing bureaucratic responsibilities."

This year's Emerging Leaders were carefully selected by the ELM Selection Committee from a group of more than 75 applicants. They are a diverse group of adult and pediatric interventional cardiologists from across the United States and Europe. Each candidate was chosen for their leadership potential and motivation to excel both regionally and nationally in the areas of clinical care, scholarship, education and/or advocacy.

"The program has an established track record of identifying promising interventional cardiologists at an early stage and providing them a unique learning platform from which to develop skills not commonly taught in traditional medical school or fellowship training," Tu continued.

ELM Fellows meet throughout the program for training sessions designed to help them expand their leadership skills, enhance presentation skills, foster relationships, keep up-to-date on emerging trends and develop their professional niche. In addition, they are given responsibilities and opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the field of interventional cardiology. Throughout the two years, mentors selected to match their interests, talent, and aspirations will assist them, with the overriding goal of ongoing, perpetual contributions to the field even long after the program is completed.

The 2017-19 ELM class includes:

  • Matthew J. Daniels, MD, PhD, BSc, MA, MRCP - John Radcliffe University of Oxford Hospitals NHS Trust; Oxford UNITED KINGDOM

  • Sammy Elmariah, MD, MPH, FSCAI - Massachusetts General Hospital; Cambridge, MA

  • Santiago Garcia, MD, FSCAI - University of Minnesota; Edina, MN

  • Jay Giri, MD, MPH - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA

  • Brent M. Gordon, MD, FSCAI - Loma Linda University Medical Center; Loma Linda, CA

  • Beau M. Hawkins, MD, FSCAI - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Oklahoma City, OK

  • Prashant Kaul, MD, FSCAI - Piedmont Heart Institute; Atlanta, GA

  • Andrew J. Klein, MD, FSCAI - Piedmont Heart Institute; Atlanta, GA

  • Chad Kliger, MD, FSCAI - Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York; New York, NY

  • James M. McCabe, MD, FSCAI - University of Washington; Seattle, WA

  • Keshav R. Nayak, MD, FSCAI - Naval Medical Center San Diego; Poway, CA

  • Puja B. Parikh, MD, MPH - SUNY Stony Brook University Medical Center; Stony Brook, NY

The SCAI ELM Program is currently supported by educational grants from Abbott Vascular, Medtronic, and Philips Volcano. The new 2017-19 ELM program will commence on Saturday, May 13, at the SCAI 2017 Scientific Sessions. For more information, visit


About SCAI

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,500-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in approximately 70 nations. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive/interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's public education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit or Follow @SCAI on Twitter for the latest heart health news.

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